Picked this up 2nd hand for a fiver on Saturday and have spent the weekend weeping with laughter and annoying my wife with 'listen to this, listen to this!'
It is in effect 'the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable' but for people, and the author takes risks that would be regarded as insane by most Libel Lawyers.
for example, and off the top of my head The entry for David & Victoria Beckham is cross referenced with 'Toddlers cherihed more for their value as Fashion Accessories rather than as people - see 'Brooklyn Beckham'
My fave so far is
'Archbishop SO-AND SO 1733 - 1802 - Priest, Pederast and Pirate' and begins 'Throughout his long career so-and so frequently failed to live up the moral standards expected of a priest - in fact he frequently failed to live up to the Moral standards expected of a Pirate.'
Very well worth a read, it's about 700 pages long and I am over halfway already.